As part of our ongoing commitment to infant safety, the Tennessee Department of Health is proud to launch the Safe Sleep campaign, aimed at educating parents and caregivers about the best practices for ensuring a safe sleep environment for babies.

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Here are some key tips to promote safer sleep habits:

  • Back to Sleep: Always place babies on their backs to sleep at night and at nap time. Babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

  • Safe Sleeping Space: Babies should always sleep in a crib. The safest place for a baby is in the same room as the parents but alone in a separate sleep area.

  • Clear the Crib:Keep loose objects, soft toys, and bedding out of the baby’s sleep area. Do not use pillows and blankets in a baby’s sleeping area. A baby should sleep in a crib with only a tight fitting sheet.

  • Maintain a Comfortable: Avoid letting your baby overheat during the night. A baby should be dressed lightly for sleep. Set the room temperature in a range that is comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.

  • Say No to Crib Bumpers: These do not reduce injuries and can cause suffocation.

  • Smoke-Free Environment: Both maternal smoking during pregnancy and secondhand smoke after birth should be avoided.

  • Breastfeeding Benefits: Breastfeeding is recommended for at least the first six months of life and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.

By following these guidelines, parents and caregivers can create a safer sleep environment for infants, promoting better sleep quality and reducing the risk of sleep-related accidents. Join us in promoting safe sleep practices for Tennessee’s youngest residents.


For more information and resources on safe sleep, visit Tennessee Department of Health Safe Sleep Campaign website.